cheap steelers jersey Alachua County residents voice concerns over storm preparation
Rosalind Green is living at a hotel on Southwest Archer Road on the Federal Emergency Management Agency dime through disaster aid from Hurricane Irma.Green, whose home in Fairbanks in the northeastern part of Alachua County was damaged from flooding after Irma passed through the county Sept. 11, was one of approximately 20 people who spoke at a town hall meeting Monday at the Senior Recreation Center hosted by Alachua County and city of Gainesville officials to hear from residents about what they think can be done better in preparation and dealing with the next severe weather event.Green, 55, told officials how she has been living in the hotel, but will have to leave her room Thursday because all the rooms at the hotel were reserved months ago for the University of Florida homecoming weekend.has extended my stay at the hotel, but the hotel says I have to leave Thursday if nobody cancels their reservations, said Green, an administrative professional in the UF Department of Radiology.Green was directed by officials to go to a room set up with FEMA officials to see what could be done to help her. After meeting with FEMA officials, Green said the only alternative presented to her was going out of the county to get a hotel room that would also be paid by FEMA through Saturday.recovering from a heart attack, and I can be doing a lot of driving, Green said.Officials listened to stories about flooding that damaged homes, questions about debris collection and stormwater and sewage concerns.was appalled to see that the city of Gainesville had sewage running in the streets, said Tamara Robbins, of Alachua.Robbins suggested that officials host town hall meetings in the future prior to hurricane season to inform the public about preparation and recovery plans and to get input about those plans.The meeting began with Ken Cornell, chairman of the County Commission, telling the audience of more than 100 residents, government and law enforcement officials that the concerns and thoughts of residents were the primary reason the meeting was held.goal here tonight is to hear from you about how we can do better, Cornell said.Todd Hoose, an external affairs official with FEMA, was on hand with FEMA experts who deal with individual disaster assistance, litigation, National Flood Insurance Program and Small Business Administration loans.Hoose said FEMA officials main goal is to help people in any way they can with the programs offered by the agency. Hoose emphasized the importance of people and organizations who have been directed to complete paper work with the SBA to do so to avoid their applications for assistance being held up.Numerous stories were shared about flooding issues that resulted from Irma, with property owners saying the flooding should not have come as a surprise to anyone who is familiar with the area.It is definitely time to implement the Alachua County Stormwater Master Plan developed in 2010, said Debbie Menoher, a resident in the Meadowbrook neighborhood off Northwest 98th Street.Flooding in Meadowbrook is common, and Menoher said she and other residents in the area urge the county to begin implementing the master plan.are tired of the flooding, she said.The county has done a poor job of managing drainage issues associated with roads, said Russ Dyson, of Fairbanks. He said the flooding issues in Fairbanks and other parts of the county have been ongoing and are caused by the county not properly maintaining stormwater drainage systems.He said he would give the county roads department an “F” grade for how they maintain their drainage systems. He said the problem is so severe in Fairbanks that a fatality is bound to happen as a result of the problem.is going to get killed on a road, Dyson said. promise you. said the concerns and thoughts shared by residents at the meeting will be addressed.have a number of legacy issues related to flooding in the county that we need to address, and now is the time to do that, Cornell said.